The Kuvasz is an independent powerful dog used for the protection of flocks in Hungary by nomadic herdsmen, although he has adapted to become a guard for people and property.
His medium-length white, wavy coat is relatively easy to groom and is thick enough to withstand extremes of wintry weather. He stands up to 75 centimetres (29½ inches) at the withers and can weigh as much as 52 kilograms (115 pounds) or so – he is not bulky, but has a muscular frame.
He does not take kindly to unfair discipline, requiring firm treatment coupled with companionship and attention in order to socialise him to fit modern home conditions. Although he will live as a family member within the home, he should also be provided with an adequately fenced territory to patrol and protect. This is not a breed for the casual owner.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.